> (However, West's
> defenders argue that the California court case
> a technical offence only, the result of
> genuine confusion on his part).
So when you compare your first quote to this where do you think the truth actually lies? And you may have missed the part where his "defenders" also say his record has been expunged and the case dismissed.
Which is the truth, this:
Allen West, an unknown academic from the mining industry who lives in Dewey, Ariz. ... isn’t exactly who he says he is.
West is Allen Whitt — who, in 2002, was fined by California and convicted for masquerading as a state-licensed geologist when he charged small-town officials fat fees for water studies. After completing probation in 2003 in San Bernardino County, he began work on the comet theory, legally adopting his new name in 2006 as he promoted it in a popular book. Only when questioned by this reporter last year did his co-authors learn his original identity and legal history. Since then, they have not disclosed it to the scientific community.
Allen West was employed 13 years ago as a consultant for a company in California that contracted with several cities for water studies. Geophysicists can work without a license in California under some conditions. He thought they were following the law, but in this case, he needed a license.
That inadvertent mistake led to a misdemeanor and a $4500 fine. The District Attorney acknowledged that there was no intent to defraud and allowed the misdemeanor to be reduced to a simple infraction that was subsequently removed from his record. Allen West's record in the State of California is completely clean, and he has no "criminal record," contrary to the claim by Rex Dalton in his article (see 1).
Dalton disparaged the quality of the work in question despite the fact that he is aware that West's California geophysical work continues to be referred to positively in 10 reports by four Federal and State governmental agencies, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the California Department of Water Resources, and the California Energy Commission (see 2).
In 2005, seven years after Allen completed that work, he retired and contracted to write the Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes. Preferring privacy, he chose the pseudonym "West" instead of his given name "Whitt," and filed the name with the State of Arizona as a legal tradename under the designation "author" (see 3). He continued to use the new name in his scientific career and changed his name legally, meaning it is not an "alias" as erroneously reported by Dalton. People often change their names for various reasons, as for example, Isaac Asimov, who changed his name from Ozimov - nobody accused Asimov of deception.